On April 11, 2015, Pope Francis issued a document, Misericordiae Vultus (“The Face of Mercy”), announcing the extraordinary Year of Mercy, beginning on December 8, 2015, and concluding on November 20. To inaugurate this Year of Mercy in Rome, in churches throughout the world, and also here at Saint Joseph’s College, there was the emblematic act of opening and passing through the Holy Door. This symbolized the intention to remove obstacles in our lives that impair and/or impede our union with God and with one another. To make this passage not simply symbolic but real, Pope Francis encouraged us to focus on and engage in practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
The Holy Door
The Jubilee is being celebrated not only in Rome, but also all around the world. This year marks the first time Holy Doors are opened in single dioceses, either in the main Cathedral or in local historical Churches.
Our Holy Door of Mercy was opened on January 27. This year, the door will be placed at various locations throughout campus at a number of events, reminding us that we are continually called to receive mercy, to extend mercy, and to live mercy.
May we be signs of God’s Mercy always and especially during this Jubilee Year.
Request the Holy Door at Your Event
To reserve the door, fill out our request the door form, and send it toSister Mary George O’Toole or Sister Sylvia Comer for approval. If approved, Event Services will make sure the door is transported to the event on the time and date requested.
Find Out More
Diocese of Portland Jubilee page – includes reflections on the works of mercy, info about community events, and links to the Vatican documents.
“Mercy-ing” app – helps users develop a daily practice for contemplation and action around the context of “being mercy” during this Jubilee Year.
Summer 2016 Magazine
Spring 2016 Magazine
Sr. Sylvia Comer
Sr. Mary George O’Toole
“We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future.”
—Pope Francis, Year of Mercy